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National Park Sets Visitation Record of 12.5 Million!

 New Visitation Record in GSMNP Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcomed a record 12,547,743 visitors in 2019, which is 1,126,540 more visitors than in 2018. The park’s three primary entrances near Gatlinburg, Townsend, and Cherokee all had increased use, accounting for about two-thirds of the total park visitation. Secondary park entrances experienced tremendous growth, due

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Largest Expansion at Anakeesta Opening in 2020!

Observation Tower in The Vista Gardens  Anakeesta’s new observation tower will become the tallest point in downtown Gatlinburg. Sitting on the summit of the mountain, visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This iconic tower on top of Anakeesta mountain will offer 360-degree panoramic views right in the heart of downtown

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Cades Cove Closed January & February

The Smokies most visited area for wildlife viewing, scenic scares, and motor nature trails will be closed for 2 months in 2020. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will shut down main access roads to Cades Cove and Cataloochee beginning January 3rd. Cades Cove  Laurel Creek Road, the access road to Cades Cove, will close to

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Sevier County Celebrates 30 Years of Winterfest

Sevier County celebrates 30 years of winter family fun! Winterfest is a celebration of light displays, shopping, live shows, attractions, and winter adventures in the Great Smoky Mountains! The lights will be officially turned on November 15th and last through February 17th, 2020! Winterfest is a beloved event that happens every year. Be sure to

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Candy Christmas at Crave Golf Club

Crave Golf Club, located in Pigeon Forge, has officially announced Candy Christmas at Crave Golf Club is returning with more lights, trees, and Christmas spirit than ever before! Crave has something for everyone from young kids to adults and is sure to provide family fun for all ages. Get excited to see this immersive and Instagram-worthy

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Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas 2019

Holiday cheer is coming to Pigeon Forge and it’s time to celebrate at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival! With the brightest lights and newest additions to the park along with your favorites, your family will enjoy all the fun this festival has to offer. Watch as Dollywood transforms into a winter wonderland and enjoy all your

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Autumn Fun at Anakeesta

Anakeesta’s NEW Legend of Hallow Mountain and family-friendly nighttime hours are drawing crowds to the Smoky Mountain experience this Fall. Now, Gatlinburg’s only outdoor Halloween haunt is expanding its October hours!  More guests can shop, dine with scenic views and colorful sunsets, plus enjoy the Halloween fun! For all ages throughout the day, Autumn at

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Crave Golf Club Named #1 Mini Putt in The USA

Crave Golf Club, in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, has officially been named the #1 Mini Putt in the USA by TheTravel.com.   The candy-themed attraction offers 18,500 square feet of family fun for groups of all ages. Crave Golf Club has 38 unique holes throughout indoor, outdoor, and also rooftop courses with

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New Origami Exhibit Opens at WonderWorks

WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge is adding more fun and educational opportunities! Their newest exhibit is officially open to the public! The new feature will have an origami exhibit that has an education focus on math (STEM). This stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. The exhibit will introduce people to how math is related to

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13th Annual Whoadeo at Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Dolly’s Stampede 13th Annual Whoadeo is back for another exciting day full of competitions, costumes, and carnivals! Come out for a day full of festive fall decorations, food, and the coolest games in town! Food City and Coca- Cola present this FREE admission kids event on September 21st from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. The

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World’s First Cable-to-Rail Zipline Roller Coaster Opens in Pigeon Forge

Flying Ox Zipline Roller Coaster Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show & Adventure Park, in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, has officially opened the Flying Ox! This is the world’s first cable-to-rail zipline roller coaster. The one-of-a-kind Flying Ox zipline roller coaster takes riders on a thrilling 1,000-foot-long ride 80 feet in the air.

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